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19 aprile 2018: Thomas Sattig: Part, Slot, Ground: New Foundations for Aristotelian Mereologies

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OntoForMat FIRB Project "Classical Paradigms and Theoretical Foundation in Contemporary Research in Formal and Material Ontology"

OMS: OntoforMat Metaphysical Seminar - Spring 2018


Thomas Sattig (University of Tuebingen)

Part, Slot, Ground: New Foundations for Aristotelian Mereologies


19 aprile 2018, h. 14:30-16:30

Sala Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Milano.



It is a vivid Aristotelian idea that a material object is structured by a certain arrangement of mereological slots, and that the fillers of these slots are the object’s parts. But what are mereological slots? What is a slot-structure? And what does it take to fill a slot in such a structure? The tradition in mereology is replete with appeals to an object’s mereological structure, its part-carving form, but it offers little analysis of these elusive notions. The aim of this talk is to explore novel reductive foundations of mereological slot-structures of material objects, and thereby to contribute to lifting these Aristotelian ideas from the obscurity that has barred them from breaking into mainstream contemporary metaphysics.

In the first part, I shall sketch an intuitive and familiar picture of a material object’s slot-structure. In the second part, I shall present a metaphysical analysis of the mereological slots of a material object in terms of the grounds of the object’s essential kind. Moreover, I shall indicate how this analysis allows for the slot-structure of a material object a) to vary, b) to be hierarchical, and c) to exhibit a bottom-up or a top-down order of dependence. In the third part, I shall illustrate the explanatory power of the analysis by applying it to some classical Aristotelian cases. 


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Organization committee: Valerio Buonomo, Paolo Valore

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